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Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 06 July 2022
By day three of any festival things are usually winding down. But there was a sense that Love Supreme have saved the best for last this year with a strong offering of funk and...
Barney Harsent
Wednesday, 06 July 2022
After four years, three releases and a slew of remixes, the identity of spotlight-shunning producer Vyvyan ended up the subject of intense speculation.There were no obvious clues...
David Nice
Tuesday, 05 July 2022
Last year’s relatively slimline East Neuk Festival felt like a feast in time of plague. This July everything was back to full strength in numerous venues, with the most remarkable...
India Lewis
Tuesday, 05 July 2022
A sequel is always a hard thing to write, especially if the book that precedes it is a bestseller, adapted for television and read by more than a million people. Yet Jessie Burton...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 05 July 2022
The third album from Stockholm rowdies Viagra Boys doesn’t muck about with what they do, but it’s more persistently punkin’ than their last. There’s more than a snifter of Iggy...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 04 July 2022
At the beginning of this film, Mick Jagger says: “What most documentaries do is repeat the same thing over and over… all the mythology is repeated until it becomes true.” He’s...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 04 July 2022
Reviewing the Grange Festival production of Tamerlano the other day, I noted the difficulty Handel poses the modern director...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 04 July 2022
Where should Leila live — Ilford or Kent? It doesn’t sound like an earth-shattering decision for a 15-year-old to make, but...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 04 July 2022
The last minute of Found Light’s third track “Seaside Haiku” is defined by the repetition of a single phrase: “give but don’...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 03 July 2022
Oghneya opens with the extraordinary “Matar Al Sabah.” Jazzy, with an overt Brazilian feel it gently swings and swoons....
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 02 July 2022
Pinocchio is one of our most irreverent metamorphosis stories, and in this visually ingenious blend of film and stage...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 02 July 2022
 Beethoven, Berg, Bartók: Violin Concertos Frank Peter Zimmermann Berliner Philharmoniker/Daniel Harding, Kirill...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 01 July 2022
As the world lurches ever deeper into multiple manifestations of chaos, writer-director Peter Kosminsky’s new drama about...
Gary Naylor
Friday, 01 July 2022
We’re in New York City, in an upscale loft apartment, with that absence of stuff that speaks of a power to acquire anything...
India Lewis
Friday, 01 July 2022
The title of Katya Adaui’s debut collection in English is taken from one of the 12 short stories it contains: an allusion to...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 01 July 2022
Joe Lycett’s career was on an upward trajectory when he took on hosting duties on The Great British Sewing Bee, and the...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 01 July 2022
In a week when all kinds of people were going bonkers over an octogenarian playing songs from over 50 years ago to tens of...
Barney Harsent
Friday, 01 July 2022
“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” That’s the rule, right? Unless, of course, what happens is that you form a pop-rock...
Caspar Gomez
Thursday, 30 June 2022
Last days of June 2022, I sit in my writing hut. My liver is radioactive jelly, my nose reinforced concrete, my leg muscles...

★★★ THE MAKING OF PINOCCHIO, LIFT, BAC Witty, ingenious exploration of gender transition

★★★★ NITRAM Caleb Landry Jones gives extraordinary perf as a man-child without empathy

FERKHAT AL ARD - OGHNEYA Superb Lebanese album belatedly gets the recognition it deserves

★★★ MAN VS BEE, NETFLIX Rowan Atkinson's new comic character is no Blackadder

★★★★★ GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL The biggest, wildest, most extensive 2022 report of them all

★★★★ FAVOUR, BUSH THEATRE Ambreen Razia's punchy new tug-of-love drama

★★★ THE UNDECLARED WAR, CHANNEL 4 Peter Kosminsky's drama probes GCHQ techno-spooks

disc of the day

Album: Vyvyan - Y

An alias helps composer/producer Bonar Bradberry find a definitive voice


Nitram review - chilling drama based on the Port Arthur gunman

Caleb Landry Jones in an extraordinary performance as a man-child without empathy

Moon, 66 Questions review - captivating daughter-father drama

An outstanding debut by the Greek New Wave director Jacqueline Lentzou

We (Nous) review - a low-key look at life in the suburbs of Paris

Nothing much happens in Alice Diop's documentary portrait of the periphery

new music

Love Supreme Festival, Sunday review - eclectic jazz on the Sussex Downs

From Sister Sledge to Gregory Porter, a heady mixture of jazz forms in a glorious setting

Album: Vyvyan - Y

An alias helps composer/producer Bonar Bradberry find a definitive voice

Album: Viagra Boys - Cave World

Swedish retro-futurist punks fire out another tasty set of tough, goofy stompers


theartsdesk at the East Neuk Festival 2022 - on Cloud Nine for five days of the greatest music-making

Five supreme pianists, two top string quartets and so much more on the Fife coast

Classical CDs: Nightingales, seasons and practical jokes

A pair of luxury orchestra own-label releases, plus French piano music and a contemporary composer grappling with time and space

George Fu, St Martin-in-the-Fields review - high intellect and visceral shocks

Chopin the modernist, Rzewski the electric in totally satisfying recital


Alcina, Glyndebourne review - Handel on the strand

High quality singing and playing on a dubiously coloured stage

Così fan tutte, Royal Opera review - vibrant youth and vocal beauty

Lithe cast and conducting unfazed by over-egged production, at least until the bitter end

theartsdesk in Zurich - forging a brilliant new Ring

Gianandrea Noseda, Andreas Homoki and top cast dazzle in an unforgettable 'Rheingold'


The Rite of Spring, Pina Bausch/École des Sables, Sadler's Wells review - explosive and disturbing

At last, the pan-African production of Bausch's landmark choreography arrives on the London stage

The Car Man, Royal Albert Hall review - grand scale drama and decadence

An explosive restaging of the original dance drama

Like Water for Chocolate, Royal Ballet review - confusing and ill-conceived

Christopher Wheeldon's usual flair deserts him in his latest three-act story ballet


Joe Lycett, Eventim Apollo review - prankster goes long-form

Former Sewing Bee host tells a complicated tale

Ricky Gervais, SuperNature, Netflix review - a provocateur at work

An equal opportunities offender delivers a masterclass in meta comedy

Andy Zaltzman, Soho Theatre review - satire on the hoof

Setting the world to rights, one joke at a time


Jessie Burton: The House of Fortune review - a muted, sensitive sequel

The ghosts gather as the miniaturist returns in Burton’s latest instalment

Katya Adaui: Here Be Icebergs review - odd relations

Beguiling stories of families, familiars, guns and red hair

Stanislav Aseyev: In Isolation - Dispatches from Occupied Donbas review - journeys through space and time in Ukraine

How the separatist republic became lost in its nostalgia for a largely imaginary past

visual arts

Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War review - a lovingly crafted documentary portrait

In love and war: one of England's great watercolourists reappraised

Vivian Maier: Anthology, MK Gallery review - what an amazing eye!

The brilliance of an amateur photographer who was almost lost to the world

Venice Biennale 2022 review - The Milk of Dreams Part 2: The Arsenale

This wildly ambitious mega-exhibition unravels in spectacular style

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